### Join in at a Summer Vet Camp

Twelve-year-old Taylor Lai has a passion for horses. She’s attended horseback riding summer camps, and has been fortunate to have grown up with horses in the Mount Diablo foothills in California.  “I really want to have my career to do with horses, and I like the idea of being a vet because you get to be around…

### Estimate the Mature Height of a Yearling

In this post you’ll learn how to estimate the mature height of a yearling. Mature height refers to how tall the yearling will be when she’s all grown up. Math Talk – estimate: to make a close guess or rough calculation often based on rounding. Horse Talk – yearling: a young horse of either sex that…

### Hot or Not? Cortnee’s Vet Science Project

When you take the saddle off your horse after a good ride, what do you see? Your horse’s back, where the saddle and saddle pad were placed, is damp with sweat. This got one girl in Montana thinking about saddle pads and keeping her horse cooler. Twelve-year-old Cortnee Annello designed a science experiment to help her learn…

### How Important is a Properly Fitted Saddle?

When you tack up a horse for a riding lesson, or go for a trail ride, does each horse have their own saddle? Like shoes are for us, if a saddle doesn’t fit, it can cause a horse discomfort. Poorly fitted saddles cause back muscle asymmetry, an unnatural gait, and back pain for the horse. They can also cause back…

### Heart Beats – a Grade 5 Science Project

Three horse-crazy friends in grade 5 decided to participate in their school’s science fair at Medford Elementary School in Minnesota. Jenna, Bella and Lily tossed around several cool ideas before deciding on, what for them, it was the perfect topic. “It was something we all enjoyed, something like, horses! We knew right away that it…

Taking good care of our horses requires us to be aware of their weight. Are they putting on weight or are they beginning to lose weight? It is important that we are aware of how our horses look. When change is gradual it is harder to notice if all you are doing is using your…

### 13th Century Horse Stable Discovered

Researchers have been exploring the remains of a medieval stable located near a castle in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic and learning about the care of horses in 13th century Central Europe. 1. What years marked the beginning and end of the 13th century? 2. How many centuries ago was the 13th century? In…

### Horse Treats get Silver Medal at Science Fair

We all love giving treats to our horses. Most of the time the ingredients include carrots and apples. Several years ago, Nicole van Dyk, a Nova Scotia high school student, came up with an innovative way of using blueberry pomace to make all-natural, nutritious horse treats, and received a silver medal at a national science fair…

### Day in the Life of a Research Horse

Have you ever wondered about the research horses used in equine science studies? Horse Lover’s Math has had posts based on the results of research projects; Do Horses Like Music?, How Much Weight Can Horses Comfortably Carry?, Research Continues on Wild Horses of Shackelford Island and more. But what about the lives of the horses themselves?…

### How Does Shoulder Angle Relate to Stride Length?

Many of us are taught that the ideal shoulder angle for a horse is 45 degrees. Senior high school student Morgan O’Sullivan decided to see if that was true. While in the tenth grade in the agriculture program at Middletown High School, Connecticut, Morgan thought it was strange during a horse judging class in school, that…